It seems the turtleneck has gained a leading position amidst Pre-fall 2012 trends. But, while it may have designer collections in a choke hold, it by no means is taking hostages.
On the contrary, it offers a more relaxed, accessible, and very-wearable approach to outfitting, lending a casual hand to its pairings.
I’m most choked up over what can be achieved with a layering piece such as this. My tear ducts can barely contain themselves with joy!
I love the turtleneck layered under a white button-down shirt, as seen at Pringle of Scotland. The collection’s multi-layered looks were so rich and full of depth. NOTE TO SELF: easy way to make tired wardrobe items look new and fresh.
There is a power the turtleneck has as catalyst to an outfit’s metamorphosis.
Varieties with a finer gauge offered a sophisticated nod to the 60′s at Derek Lam and Erdem, a clean and sporty edge at Pedro Lourenço and Celine, and a throwback to the 80′s at Balenciaga.
With the clunkier fabrications and looser silhouettes, there was an effortless nonchalance to its task, evident at Gucci and The Row. In still-other instances, the turtleneck took on a more sculptural/architectural role, as seen at Proenza Schouler and Viktor & Rolf. So, the range of possibilities are quite vast.
Sure, these collections aren’t due in stores for another 6 months. But that doesn’t mean you can’t utilize a turtleneck that’s on the rack now to give your current look a face lift. What a crisp, fresh turn-on for a wardrobe bogged down by the between-season January gloom!
Photos of Pre-fall 2012 Collections from Style.com.